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Faith leaders in the country have warned that Malawi will remain underdeveloped unless its leaders embrace an ideology that seeks to transform the country despite the many challenges Malawians are currently facing.

The remarks were made on Sunday during a national service of worship that was held at Comesa Hall in Blantyre ahead of today’s celebrations to mark the country’s 51 years of independence.

During the prayers, the faith leaders wondered how Malawi remains among the top 10 poorest countries in the world despite many years of peace.

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In his sermon, Bishop Thomas Msusa of the Catholic Church questioned the integrity of local leaders from both government and the opposition sides.

He said the conduct of some leaders has led to the economic underperformance of the country as they in most cases indulge in corruption.

Msusa also wondered why leaders appoint many advisers to help them in various affairs of the state.

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According to Msusa, some of the advisers make the leaders fail.

Said Msusa: “Sometimes the advisers that we appoint [contribute] to the downfall of our leadership. We need to be clear on why we need some of these advisers.

“On this point I want to emphasise that I am not specific on one leader but all of us leaders either in church, civil society organisations, and politics. As we are now, Malawi needs leaders who are transformative if [the country] is to enjoy economic growth.”

On his part Bishop Dr Joseph Bvubwe of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, who preached in Chichewa, called on all Malawians to take responsibility of the country’s economic growth.

His sermon, which was based on the book of Joshua, centered on the need for the country to have faith in God for Malawi to develop economically.

“It seems we have forgotten the need for unity as Malawians. Although we differ in our ethnic groups, we are all one as Malawians. We should all be concerned with the challenges our friends are going through so that together we stand tall to build Malawi as one nation,” Bvumbwe said.

The national service of worship was organised by all faith communities in the country, including Christians, Muslims and other faiths.

Apart from President Peter Mutharika, other notable faces at the prayers included Cabinet ministers, members of diplomatic community, parliamentarians, Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya and members of the clergy.

During the event, Mutharika read from Genesis 41 verses 14- 16 and 33-41.

Meanwhile, Zambia President Edgar Lungu, Kenya Vice- President William Ruto and former Mozambican president Amando Guebuza are expected to attend the climax of the 51st Independence Celebrations taking place at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Government has earmarked K300 million for the celebrations which come under the theme ‘Towards transformation for inclusive development in Malawi’. —Additional reporting by Mana.

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